Hymn Lyrics : How Great Thou Art

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How Great Thou Art is one of those Christian hymns that I learned to sing when I first came to know the one true God in a very personal way.

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Having been brought up in a non-Christian environment and not knowing anything about Jesus Christ, I have always wonder about creations; the sun, the moon, the stars and yes, even the rolling thunders. I wonder how they came into being and the force behind each of these in the universe.

But now I know the God who created these and more. I know Him personally. He is no longer just the force out there. He is my Lord and my God; the One who created the heaven and the earth, the One who provided a way back to Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to died in my place. What a God! What a Savior! I will always sing this hymn with gusto and heartfelt thanks to the Lord my God.

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How Great Thou Art

Lyrics ~ Carl Boberg, 1859 - 1940
English Translation ~ Stuart K. Hine, 1899 - 1989

Stanza 1:

O Lord my God,

When I in awesome wonder

Consider all

The world Thy Hand hath made,

I see the stars,

I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy pow'r throughout

The universe displayed; 


Then sings my soul,

My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,

My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art!

How great Thou art!

Stanza 2:

When through the woods

And forest glades I wander

I hear the birds

Sing sweetly in the trees;

When I look down

From lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook

And feel the gentle breeze;


Stanza 3:

And when I think,

That God, His Son not sparing;

Sent Him to die,

I scarce can take it in;

That on the Cross,

My burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died

To take away my sin.


Stanza 3:

When Christ shall come,

With shouts of acclamation,

And take me home,

What joy shall fill my heart!

Then I shall bow

In humble adoration

And there proclaim,

"My God, how great Thou art!"

I understand that the original words are works in 'The world Thy Hand hath made' in stanza 1, mighty in 'rolling thunder' also in stanza 1 and shall I bow in 'Then I shall bow' in the last stanza. 

Also that these word changes are only approved for use in North America.

Copyright Information for this Hymn
Copyright © 1953 The Stuart Hine Trust/All rights worldwide adm. by Kingsway Communications Ltd. tym@kingsway.co.uk (except USA admin. byEMI CMG Publishing and print rights adm. by Hope Publishing Company. All other rights in North, Central & S.America adm by Manna Music Inc)

To view the original Swedish lyrics entitled ‘O Store Gud’ by Carl Boberg, just click here.

Bible Verses for Meditation

Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? 

who is like thee, glorious in holiness, 

fearful in praises, doing wonders?

- Exodus 15:11

O LORD, our Lord, 

how excellent is thy name in all the earth! 

who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

- Psalm 8:1

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord;

neither are there any works like unto thy works.

- Psalm 86:8

Herein is love, not that we loved God, 

but that he loved us, and sent his Son 

to be the propitiation for our sins.”

- 1 John 4:10

All scriptures are taken from the King James Bible.

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